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|Mauritania is in red; the Canary Islands are directly north of it.|
From Island to BirdVisitors to the island were enchanted by a species of yellow-green songbird that they hadn't seen before. The these finches of the Canary Islands were eventually just called canaries. Breeders started doing their thing and breeding canaries of different colors, including green, red, and yellow. (Solid-colored canaries are all domestic canaries — wild canaries are yellow-green with some white spots and dark streaks.)
From Bird to ColorYellow canaries were a favorite. They became so common and so popular that the word canary came to be used to refer to a shade of yellow — canary yellow. You might know it from your Post-It notes.
There is little consensus on exactly what color canary yellow is. While I was researching this post, I found a number of RGB codes for canary yellow, plus a spectrum of shades of canary yellow ranging from (233, 191, 0) [hex: #E9BF00] to (255, 239, 0) [hex: #E9BF00]. In general, though, the colors used a fully saturated red channel (255), a green channel greater than 210 but less than 240, and no or very little blue.
|A Range of Canary Yellows|
|RGB(233, 191, 0) Hex: #E9BF00|
|RGB(244, 215, 0) Hex: #F4D700|
|RGB(255, 239, 0) Hex: #FFEF00|
The most famous canary-yellow canary is, of course, Tweety Bird. One wonders what might have been if green canaries had been more popular than yellow ones.
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